Congrats Marlon- First in Indo!

Our friends over at Surfing Magazine recently featured Marlon and his big win in their "You Are Here" section on their website.... Photos and Words by Nathan Myers


Marlon Gerber doesn’t have time to celebrate. It’s 8 a.m. Monday morning in Kuta and there’s just enough time for one victory beer before he heads to the airport. Breakfast of champions.

He’s just secured the 2011 Indonesian Surfing Championship on Rote Island, but he’s bailing his own award ceremony for Thailand, where he’ll compete for the Asian Surfing Championships. Just one quick Bintang before it’s back to the heat.

All this rushing around and jersey-wearing stuff is very un-Marlon. Here’s a man who appreciates his beauty sleep, chilling for hours on The Balcony veranda, and walk-able afternoon sessions at Kuta Beach. Marlon likes to cruise.

He does it well, too. And with a style that’s every photographer’s wet dream, Marlon’s become one of Indo’s best-known photo pros, with cover shots, Taylor Steele video parts and more coverage in the international mags than most of the local boys. This is the good life…and he’s passed up modeling and acting offers to keep it that way. Simple. Pure. Cruise-y.

But winning contests? Not so much.

Until the end of last year, Marlon had never really won anything. Then this year, he pretty much gutted the tour wide open…winning the ISC title before the season was even over.

So what changed? It’s clearly not a dietary thing…


SURFING: The press release from Rote said you were “taking it one heat at a time” — did you read line that off a cue card or what?

MARLON GERBER: You know, I don’t think I even said that. I think they just pick those quotes from a list sometimes.

Yeah, I’ve got that list in my wallet. So how did it really go down?

Well, that’s pretty much how I approached it. That’s how you’ve got to do it. Not get too far ahead of yourself.

After you won the first event this year you told me you were planning on winning the title this year.

Did I say that?

You did. But after that, it was like, “Let’s never speak of it again.”

Totally. There’s always that fear of jinxing it. But I really felt like I could win it this year.

What changed to make you start winning?

Just believing in myself. I always knew I had the ability. I just didn’t have the confidence to win.

Simple as that?

Rizal [Tanjung] was also a big part of my winning. He’s been kind of like a coach to me this year. Right before my heat he texted me and said, “Just surf. Don’t think about anything else. Just surf.” I remembered that in the water and it helped.

Riz has a lot of experience. He’s a former Indo champ himself, right?

Yeah. He’s a really smart competitor. So much experience. And he’s my brother.

A lot of top surfers are using coaches these days.

Yeah, Taj, Parko…lotta guys. There are so many good surfers around now that’s it’s almost more of a mental game. Anyone can win on the right day, but to put it all together in a heat for 25 minutes with the pressure on…it’s not easy.

How did it go down in Rote?

I almost lost my first heat because it was four-man and not many waves came through. I was just really nervous, too. Even the head judge came up and said, “Man, you were sucking out there.” I appreciated his honesty. The next day was a totally different story. I feel more comfortable in the man-on-man heats.

How was the final?

The final was with Cabul [Raditya Rondi]. He’s really good in any conditions. I pretty much won it in the last ten seconds. I needed an 8 and I got the score.

With an air?

Couple turns, an air, then two more turns.

That’s what it takes to get an 8 on the ISC, right? Full-on combo waves.

Oh yeah. It’s harder than the WCT. Lee [Wilson] was boosting something on every single wave. One wave he did a turn, a straight air, then an air reverse and scored a 9.5.

If you took the bottom 15 guys from the WCT and put ‘em on the Indo Tour, you think they’d get smoked?

Yeah, probably. For sure we’d have a good chance of beating them. The surfing on this tour is really good.

Do you watch the WCT events?

Not really. I watched some of New York to study how guys were winning heats, but I didn’t really learn anything. I already knew what I had to do. I just keep it simple. Try to get two good waves.

Did you realize that winning this event would secure the title for you?

No. I hadn’t done any calculations. I didn’t even want to think about it like that.

Just taking it one heat a time?


We’ve barely started the breakfast victory party and it’s already time to go. “People keep asking how it feels to be champ,” says Marlon, sliding the Money Maker board into his boardbag, “but I haven’t even had time to think about it. I don’t feel anything, really.”

For some people, it just takes a while to set it. For others, being champ isn’t really a defining experience. For Marlon, it’s never been a matter of points or fame or titles…it’s just the best life in world. Traveling. Surfing. Chilling.

It’s nice to know you’ve left a mark somewhere, but my suspicion is that in a few months you’ll have to remind Marlon that he was ever Indonesian Champion at all. He’ll be cruising up at The Balcony or chasing peaks down on Kuta Beach and someone will be like, “Hey, remember when you were The Champ?”

Marlon will pause for a second, think about it, then smile that easy-going, money-maker grin and say, “Oh yeah, that was pretty cool.”

And then he’ll go back to cruising. —Nathan Myers


Congratulations, Marlon. Check out for photos, video and made-up press release quotes from the event.

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A clip featuring the rusty team in bali going looney on their single fins shaped by rusty preisendorfer.

Rusty Trippin

Rusty Rumble In The Jungle

Rusty Rumble In Da Jungle
Day One Highlights
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
April 28, 2011

Sanur Reef cranked out solid overhead swell on Day One of the Rusty Rumble In Da Jungle, progressing to the end of round 3.

Watch highlights like Rusty team riders Marlon Gerber Carving his way down the reef, and Made Awan scoring a perfect 10-point wave on the video link below.

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Rusty Team chillin Bali Style

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Marlon Gerber Wins Oakley Pro 11

Marlon Gerber Wins Oakley Pro 11 at Canggu in High Scoring Shoot Out Against Pepen Hendrik

10 April 2011, Canggu-Bali: In an exciting 30 minute final today at Canggu Beach in Bali, Marlon Gerber bested Pepen Hendrik in a high scoring shootout to win the Oakley Pro 11, the first stop on the 2011 Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour.

In the exciting finale to six days of competition where the wave and weather conditions ran the gamut from small 2 foot windy and rainy to today’s 5-6 foot and sunny, Marlon Gerber put on an amazing display of surfing to take victory over veteran competitor and boyhood friend Pepen Hendrik. During the final, Gerber also posted the contest’s highest wave score of 9.5 (out of a possible 10 points), winning him the Coca-Cola ISC’s Highest Score Award of 1 million rupiah in addition to his 15 million rupiah first place prize money and 3,000 ISC Championship points.

Gerber jumped out in front early, taking an inside wave to score a 4.5 before adding a 5.75, then a 7.75 and finally a 7.1 for a solid two-wave score of 14. 85. Meanwhile Hendrik seemed a bit out of rhythm on his first two waves until he found a short barrel ride that scored him a 6.75 and got him back in the mix. Then with priority in his favor Hendrik nabbed yet another barrel, which he narrowly exited and then blasted two more big turns to score a whopping 9.25. But not to be outdone Gerber was on the very next wave and went to work, methodically taking it apart it to post an incredible 9.5, leaving Hendrik needing an 8.1 wave score to take the lead. But the ocean went strangely quiet after that exchange, handing Gerber a well-deserved victory.

Back on the beach Gerber said, “I knew that wave of Pepen’s was going to be a good one, and he had priority so I had to just watch him take it. I didn’t know the score until later, because I saw the next one coming and just took off. I felt really good on that wave, it was just perfect for my style of surfing, but I was still surprised when heard my score. But in the end I was lucky because after that there weren’t any really good waves coming in, so Pepen didn’t a chance for another high score. It was such a great final and I’m so happy to have won it.”

Gerber won his first ever ISC tour event last October at the Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival on Kuta Beach, the final event of the 2010 season. When asked how he felt about getting his second win so soon he answered, “It’s a great feeling for sure. Finishing last year with my first win really got me motivated to compete this year. I came into this event wanting to win and I did, and with the number of great event locations on the ISC tour this year I plan adding a few more wins and end the year as the 2011 ISC champion. That’s my goal.”

Another winner today was Ketut “Tawan” Wirtawan, who took out the Masters (35 years old and over) Division final. The only goofyfooter in the four-man final, Tawan was very selective when choosing his waves, conserving his energy and consistently posting excellent scores. Of his four waves, his lowest scores were two 5.25’s and his two highest a 6.85 and a 7.0 (totaling 13.85) to best runner up Made Artha, whose best two waves scored 5.75 and 6.65 for a total of 12.40. But it was lots of work out there for the older guys. “I think I must have had to duckdive 200 times out there” said Artha back on the beach. “I can barely move my arms! But it was good fun, and that’s what it’s all about for us old guys anyways,” he added. Last year’s Oakley Pro Master’s winner Wayan Budayasa finished third and Tawan’s cousin Ketut Menda came in fourth.

The last of the winners called up to the podium was Lee Wilson, who was presented with 1 million rupiah and a pair of Oakley sunglasses for the big aerial he boosted and landed during yesterday’s Oakley-Lines Airshow. “This was such a great event…with possibly the best final ever. I’m stoked to have won the airshow, and really happy for Marlon too,” said Wilson. “Thanks to Oakley, the ISC, the Canggu locals, the sponsors, thanks to God and everyone else involved for making this happen.”

At the end of the day Oakley’s Brad Cunningham was very pleased with the how the event finished up saying, “I think that was the best final we could have ever wished for, with two of the best surfers battling it out here at Canggu in great but challenging conditions, giving the spectators and the crew a real good ending to a super event. We started on a weekend and now we’re ending on the weekend, so it all worked out just perfectly.”

In addition to the surfing competition and consistent with Oakley and the Coca-Cola ISC’s commitment to the environment, there was Beach Cleanup today organized by the R.O.L.E. Foundation and the Canggu Rotary Club that saw Canggu Beach picked clean of trash and looking its best ever….leaving only footprints. Great job guys!

For complete details and information on the Oakley Pro 2011 including heat draws, photos, videos and more check, and get ready for the next event on the Coca-Cola ISC tour, the Rusty Rumble in Da Jungle at Sanur Reef, that will kick off later this month on April 18th.

The Oakley Pro 2011 is sponsored by Life, Extreme Toys, Firewire Surfboards, Skull Candy, San Miguel Light Beer, Lines Magazine, and SurfTime Magazine, supported by GUS, and the R.O.L.E Foundation, and sanctioned by the Coca Cola ISC Tour and the Asian Surfing Championship Tour.

Oakley Pro 2011 Results

ISC/ASC Men’s Open Pro Division Final
1. Marlon Gerber (17.25 pts)
2. Pepen Hendrik (16.00 pts)
Equal 3rd Place: Raditya Rondi and Wayan Susiana

Masters Division Final

1. Ketut Wirtawan (13.85 pts)
2. Made Artha (12.40 pts)
3. Wayan Budayasa (12.40 pts)
4. Ketut Menda (8.55 pts)

Coca-Cola ISC Highest Score Award – Marlon Gerber

Oakley-Lines Airshow Winner – Lee Wilson

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Kerrazy Kronicles Bonus Bali

This is a Bonus Section for the Kerrazy Kronicles that will appear on the DVD, I thought i would put it on the net for you guys to check out.

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The Coloured Kids

Here's a little clip from a two day trip up to indo with my good mate from home Dan Waddell and Balinese buddy Marlon Gerber.

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